Updated January 2017
Werribee Zoo is open late for ‘Rhythm of Africa’ every Saturday night this summer and it’s a fun way to explore the zoo in the cool of the evening. There’s live music, African-inspired food, dancing, drumming, hair braiding, kids activities, safari tours and more!
From 4:30-8:30pm, there’s an evening performance for kids before the headline act at 5:30pm. Safari Tours run until 6pm and the African Pula Trail, the walking track around the zoo, remains open until 8pm.
We enjoyed playing in the Baby Animal Trail…
…frolicking in the Hippo Beach water play area (including some new additions in the form of a pump and channels)….
…and trying food from the African barbecue while relaxing on the lawns listening to the live music. Note that only the large restaurant Meerkat Bistro and the African BBQ is open during the event ie not the small kiosks or Hippo Beach cafe and I saw lots of people had come with picnics and eskies (the event is also licensed and you can BYO alcohol).
Rhythm of Africa is included as part of general admission, which means children under 16 are free and it’s included as part of your Zoos Victoria membership. No pre-booking or special tickets are required.
- Rhythm of Africa runs from 4:30-8:30 though you can enter anytime while the zoo is open from 9am. Many people had already arrived and set up by the time we got there at 4:30pm;
- The water is turned off at Hippo Beach around 5:30pm;
- Bring a picnic rug (and picnic) as there’s no seating to watch the live music;
- food is available at the African barbecue and Meerkat Bistro; and
- you can purchase alcohol in the African Village (where the stage is) or BYO;
- Ranger Kids indoor play area is closed but Village Kids playground is open (and quite crowded); and
- event is part of general admission, no pre-booking or extra tickets required.
Rhythm of Africa, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South +61 3 9731 9600
Every Saturday January and February 2017
General admission ticket permits entry from 9am, events 4:30pm-8:30pm.